DWCNV Meeting on the Environment Sunday, April 14, 3-5 p.m. at Centreville Regional Library

April 11th, 2024
We have some very exciting news to share for this month’s DWCNV General Meeting. On this Sunday, April 14th from 3 – 5 p.m., we will meet at the Centreville Regional Library and hear from two dynamic and inspirational speakers on the #1 topic that our members want to hear about – the Environment!  We promise this meeting will be full of great information and lots of fun!  It is open to the public, so bring family, friends and neighbors, and share this meeting info far and wide!

Ed Ehlers, the founder of the Resource Recovery Project, will share insights on how you can drastically increase your recovery rate by “Stop Talking Trash!”  Ed will speak about the various items that can be rehomed, reused, repurposed or recycled and kept out of landfills, so come with your questions! He writes: “What we call trash today, is in fact, a resource and has value.  Our disposable economy encourages wasteful habits and the current system of recycling is not working. Recent studies have found that curbside recycling rates are maybe between 18 and 32%. There is no silver bullet, no one answer, but turning our old definition of trash into a resource and handling it accordingly is a place to start.”

Ed has generously offered that those attending the meeting may bring hard to recycle items from your “junk drawer” and give to him to rehome, reuse, repurpose or recycle. Things like “batteries, old eyeglasses, outdated charger cables, empty cosmetic cases, pens, pencils, busted flashlight, stacks of post-it-note pads, a million paper clips, or two million rubber bands, etc.”! Please bring them in a paper bag or small box and get started on your spring cleaning.

Additionally, as part of his dedication to our local community, Ed will speak about the glass collection project he is doing during the month of April. This special collection is in memory of Clifton Resident, Joel Byrne, who ran a glass recycling business while he was a student at Robinson SS.  Joel suddenly passed away in 2023. Read more about Joel here: The goal is to collect 3,000 pounds of glass. All are encouraged to participate – you do not have to be a Clifton area resident to participate!

You may participate by dropping off your clean and dry glass bottles and jars all month long at the following Clifton businesses: The Wine Attic, Virginia Mercantile, GoldensHill Papercrafts, and Belle Jar Design. Additionally on April 20th from 9 -11 a.m. you may drop off at the Caboose in downtown Clifton, by the railroad tracks. Look for the Resource Recovery Pickup truck!

Part of our DWCNV mission is to encourage connections with the local community and the glass collection and Ed’s Resource Recovery work in general does just that! For more information or questions, contact us at

We will also hear from Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Board Member, Dana Barakat, who will tell us more about what they do to promote soil and water conservation. Their website states: “Our vision is engaged communities working together to protect and restore natural resources. Our mission is to promote sustainable urban and suburban activities and stewardship to conserve our soil, water, air, plants, and animal resources in Fairfax County – vital components of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. We achieve this through effective leadership, technical assistance and outreach programs in partnership with government, industry, non-profit organizations, and the public.

Ms. Barakat was elected in Nov. 2023. As a candidate this was written about her top priorities as reported by the Connection Newspaper in their September 27, 2023 edition, ”education and outreach, which she sees as “vital to embracing environmental stewardship.” She includes educating citizens on storm water mitigation as one area of needed concentration. Another is to provide information on grants and programs offered. She says underrepresented communities tend to lack the information and tools to use the resources that could be available to them, though they are in dire need. Further, she sees education needs to go beyond residents; that “developers must be educated and provided the tools to make better choices.”

General Meeting April 14th on the Environment

March 12th, 2024

We will be hosting a General Meeting on  Sunday, April 14th at 3-5 p.m. on the Environment at the Centreville Regional Library.

Here’s a little bit about what we will be discussing from our speaker, Ed Ehlers of the Resource Recovery Project.  “The current system of recycling is not working. Recent studies have found that curbside recycling rates are maybe between 18 and 32%. There is no silver bullet, no one answer, but knowing that what we call trash today, is in fact, a resource and handling it accordingly is the place to start. The Founder of the Resource Recovery Project shares insight on how you can drastically increase your recovery rate by “Stop Talking Trash!””

March 10th DWCNV General Meeting

March 3rd, 2024

The DWCNV held a meeting on March 10, 2024 discussing the many Accomplishments of the Biden Administration, one of the most successful in our nation’s history!

View the Talking Points-March 10 2024  and Listen to the Zoom recording by clicking the link and entering the password.

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Members and Friends at the Centreville Library

Members and Friends at the Centreville Library

Celebrating our 19th Anniversary!

February 2nd, 2024

Members have received invitations to attend our 19th Anniversary Celebration at the home of a member!  Check your email for that message and if you are not a member, this is just another reminder of why you should become one! Go to the Join Us page on this website! At the celebration, we will hear from three speakers, celebrate our longevity, eat good food, and enjoy great company!

The correlation of our 19th Anniversary and the 19th Amendment is not lost on us. We are delighted to have Lisa Sales, ERA Advocate and VA NOW President, as a guest speaker. She’ll be speaking to us about next steps toward ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. From conception, the 19th Amendment was meant only to be a stepping stone to women’s full equality, which we have still not achieved today. One hundred years of fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment have passed. Please join us for an update.

Our second speaker will be a representative from the Sen. Tim Kaine campaign and our third speaker will talk about how you can help our Democratic candidates all over the country by writing postcards.

For questions, please email us at


Meeting Cancelled for Jan. 21st

January 20th, 2024
Based on the extremely cold weather and the lingering slippery conditions through Sunday, we have decided to cancel our Jan. 21st meeting.  Stay safe and warm.


We will hold our Annual Meeting and election of Executive Officers at our 19th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, February 11th. We have ordered a sunny day.  Stay tuned for further details.


Donations Delivered to Britepaths

January 14th, 2024
DWCNV SC member and C&E Co-Chair, Caroline Gergel, and Jane Barker, DWCNV Co-Chair, were happy to deliver your many grocery store gift cards and checks to the Britepaths Food
 Bridge Program. These donations will be given to families in need to buy groceries of their own choosing for their family’s dietary needs.  We want to thank members of the DWCNV and Clifton Community who donated to this very worthy organization as part of our Annual Holiday Giving Project Program.  Your generosity is appreciated!


Pictured here from left to right: Brenda Hernandez, Programs Manager; Lisa Whetzel, Executive 
Director, Caroline Gergel, DWCNV SC Co-chair C&E; Jane Barker, DWCNV Co-Chair; Harper Garcia, Community Development Manager.


Annual Meeting and A Save The Date for our 19th Anniversary Celebration

January 12th, 2024





The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) will host our first meeting of the year on Sunday, January 21st, at the Centreville Regional Library (directions) from 3 to 5 p.m. WE NEED YOU TO BE THERE!

This will be our Annual Meeting when we will hear reports from the Steering Committee members. Officers for the Executive Committee (Co-Chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer) will be elected for a two-year term. Let us know if you would like to run for an office or become part of our Steering Committee. Please consider joining to share your ideas and talents.

Our meeting topic will be about the importance of electing Democrats to the Presidency and Congress.  We will have guest speakers and audience participation from members is welcome.  For an informed and lively discussion about how to achieve this goal, we look forward to seeing you on January 21st!


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SAVE THE DATE – Sunday, February 11th

Celebrating DWCNV’s 19th Anniversary


Mark your calendars to help DWCNV celebrate our 19th Anniversary on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11th , 3-5 p.m., at the Fairfax Station home of a member.. Members and women guests will be celebrating not only our 19th Anniversary, but also the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. We will have a guest speaker to talk to us about why we must continue working to pass the ERA Amendment. Stay tuned for further details.







Holiday Project Successes! Thanks to our Members and Supporters!

January 6th, 2024

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Both of our Annual Holiday Projects were huge successes again this year.

Donations of checks, gift cards and loads of toys were given to the Fairfax Co. Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue organization.  Toys for the younger kids and gift cards for teens were distributed in December.

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Britepathsdonations will be given to them this coming week and include checks and grocery store gift cards for their clients to use to purchase food items!

Couldn’t do this all without the support of our members and we thank you as well as the many other community members who supported these two very helpful organizations as they bring some holiday cheer to others in need!

FF and Britepaths Gift Gathering

Annual Holiday Projects 2023

October 26th, 2023

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Oct. 15 Meeting – Separation of Church and State

October 2nd, 2023

The beginning of the First Amendment- called the Establishment Clause reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. This has always been interpreted as a requirement that there be a separation between Church and State. But just how tall is that wall that is believed to separate Church and State?



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2023 FROM 3 – 5 PM




BURKE, VA 22015

Come take part in a lively discussion about what separation of Church and State really means.

How separate are Church and State?

What did the Founders intend?

How has the Supreme Court interpreted the Establishment Clause?

Can places of worship maintain their tax-exempt status if they engage in politics? …and much more!


We will also hear from two local candidates – Albert Vega for Springfield District Supervisor and Sandy Anderson for Springfield School Board.

Questions?  Email